Blenheim and Marlborough Tours

Private Tours

Take a luxury wine tour to discover the hidden secrets of wine making at vineyards of your choice. Let the experts guide you on matching local reserve wines with gourmet foods.

Or we would be happy to create your own private tour around some of the scenic attractions of the Marlborough area. We have wines and nature in abundance and scenic flights to view everything from altitude.

Let us put together a holiday that will be really Memorable!

Wings and Wine

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum is world renown for its breathtaking displays of vintage aircraft. The oldest dates from 1917 and the wide range of WW1 and WW2 planes have been spectacularly displayed in exhibitions beautifully crafted by Weta Workshops (remember the Hobbit movies ?)

Combine a visit to the Aviation Museum with a tour of Marlborough’s stunning vineyards to taste our other famous product – Sauvignon Blanc, the Aromatic white wines and our delectable Pinot Noir. We stop for lunch (own cost) at a vineyard restaurant and pick up and return to your accommodation is included.

This 5 hour tour costs NZ$150 per person, and includes entry to one of the aviation exhibits and all standard wine tasting fees.

The tour can be modified to include more time at the Aviation Museum or more time in the wineries, on request.

Contact us to find out more details of these options or call us on (+64) 27 951 1956

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Flights

Charter a Plane to get that even more spectacular view of the Marlborough Sounds and the Wairau Valley vineyards.

A Helicopter can take you to more remote places, including some of the stunning backdrops to scenes in the Hobbit movies. Alight in the wilderness and be spoiled with a gourmet picnic lunch and bottle of Marlborough’s finest to savour with the views.

What about the thrill of a lifetime by going up in a vintage open cockpit Bi-plane – fully serviced and in perfect flying condition. Feel the wind in your hair like the fighters of old !

Prices are available on application.

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Cruise Ship Shore Excursions

JADE WINE TOUR

Our JADE WINE TOUR will depart from the I-Site in Picton. Shuttle buses are provided free from the quay to the I-Site (a distance of 2 kms from the large ship quay) and departure times are worked around the times that ships dock and passengers are allowed to disembark. You will be returned to the Shuttle terminus a minimum of 1 hour before the last shuttles leave for the ship.      We do not compromise on an earlier return to port !

Our new luxury 12 seater minibus will depart the I-Site and carry you the 25 minutes to the Wairau Valley – home of the world famous Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Our expert local guides are full of history and discussion along the way.

  • Wine tasting at 4 – 5 cellar doors ( as time allows )
  • Scenic Drive with heaps of photo opportunities
  • Vineyard Walk and Talk to learn the secrets of vine growth and wine production
  • Stop for lunch at a cellar door restaurant – if time allows  (own cost)
  • Taste hand-made chocolates at the Chocolate Factory
  • Stop at the Lookout for pictures with your beautiful ship

Tour price is NZ$ 140 pp  

This includes all standard Tasting Fees. Some wineries have additional fees for their reserve wines.

Please contact us by email prior to your arrival in Picton on a Cruise Ship.

JADE WINGS and WINE TOUR

Highlights

  • Visit the exceptional Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
  • Lunch at a vineyard restaurant
  • Taste some of Marlborough’s finest wines
  • Small group tour with your own guide

Itinerary

The Marlborough vineyards are the home of Sauvignon Blanc and some of the country’s most vibrant and flavourful wines. Our Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum attracts visitors from around the world to see their impressive collection of early “flying machines” and WW1 and WW2 fighter aircraft. Combine the Wings of Omaka with a taste of the many aromas, textures and flavours of our world famous Marlborough wines, on a guided tour of this exceptional region.

Take the free shuttle buses or follow the 5 minute walk from the ship to the Picton i-site where your local guide will be waiting with our comfortable minibus. Our small groups offer a more personalised and rewarding experience.

Relax during the scenic short drive through to Marlborough, where the wonders of the Aviation museum await – spectacularly presented in lifelike scenarios. Then spoil yourself with regional seafood and other delicacies during our lunch stop (own cost and time permitting) at a vineyard restaurant.

For the wine tour after lunch, we select a range of the large, through to the small family-run wineries, where you can taste the zesty Sauvignon Blancs and a wide variety of our other tasty cultivars. Visit the cellars to experience the rich aromas of wine maturing in French oak barrels and hear how our grapes are processed into our unique multi-award winning wines for which the valley is so famous.

Tasting the hand-made gourmet chocolates at the Chocolate factory is a brilliant way to end this exceptional day and arrive back in Picton at least 90 minutes before your ship’s departure.

NZ$ 165 pp (includes museum entry fee and wine tasting fees).

TripAdvisor

“Mike, our driver / tour guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Couldn’t have been better. We went to 4 vineyards, a craft shop and a chocolate factory. Great value for us as we were quoted almost double the price for the tours offered on our cruise ship. (If you are on a cruise ship, get off early and book a Jade Tour from the Tourist Info Center).”

“Thank you for forwarding the photos of our day tour with you in Picton. We enjoyed the tour immensely and it was one of the highlights of our cruise. We are glad we took the opportunity of doing this tour with Jade and not through the ship excursions. The Highfield and Framingham wineries were certainly the high points of your tour. The winery where we had lunch was also good. By the time we got to Giesens we were literally “wined-out”. The fact however that you managed to cram six wineries and a visit to the chocolate factory into your tour (against only two on offer by the ships excursions) speaks volumes for your knowledge of the area and wineries to visit, and not to mention that you were a very entertaining tour guide. Wish you and all at Jade Tours continued success.”

CONTACT US before departure to secure this special land-based price

You will be issued with a Voucher to confirm your prior booking and payment

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